So, you’ve just downloaded some new Lightroom presets (hopefully including my underwater photography presets), and now it’s time to install and start using them. Remember that presets are generally designed for use on raw files (CR2 (Canon), NEF (Nikon), ARW (Sony), ORF (Olympus), RW2 (Panasonic)).

The process looks complicated at first, but it’s actually very quick.  As with most things in Lightroom, there are multiple ways to do this. I recommend method 1, but have also shown method two in case there are any issues with method one.

 

Add Your Preset – Method 1

1)  Once your preset pack download is complete, unzip the file by right clicking and selecting unzip (or double-click on Mac). Inside this unzipped folder, you’ll notice that the presets are .lrtemplate files. They have grey icons with Preset and LR written on them.

2)  Once Lightroom is open, navigate to the Develop module. Make sure your Presets panel is open in the left hand column.

3)  Right-click any existing folder (there are likely white a few default Lightroom preset folders) and select New Folder. Title your folder as appropriate – I called mine Underwater Photo Presets.

 

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4)  Next, right-click on your new folder and select Import. Navigate to the folder with your downloaded presets, select them, and click Import. Time to apply the presets!

 

How to Apply Your New Preset

In the Lightroom Develop module, select a photo you would like to start editing. In the left column, you’ll see the new Underwater Photo Presets folder in the Presets panel. Click to open the folder and you’ll see the macro and wide-angle presets. Click either preset and you’ll notice 1) that the raw image becomes much more vibrant, and 2) that a number of the sliders in the right column have been automatically adjusted.

Want to create your own customized develop preset for underwater photos? It’s easy! Read How to Create a Lightroom Develop Preset.

 

Add Your Preset – Method 2

1)  Once your preset pack download is complete, unzip the file by right clicking and selecting unzip (or double-click on Mac). Inside this unzipped folder, you’ll notice that the presets are .lrtemplate files. They have grey icons with Preset and LR written on them.

2)  Once Lightroom is open, click Lightroom in the top menu and then Preferences.

3)  Click Show Lightroom Presets Folder. (Ensure that you are in the 2nd tab, Presets).

 

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4)  You will now see a folder hierarchy. Inside of the Lightroom folder you’ll see the Develop Presets folder. Inside of this is where you can Right-Click on any open space and in the pop-up menu, select Add New Folder. I called mine Underwater Photo Presets.

4)  You can now drag your new presets into this folder.

 

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5)  Once you see the presets in the new folder (screenshot above), you’ll all set. Close this folder and the Lightroom Preferences box. Time to apply the presets!

 

How to Apply Your New Preset

In the Lightroom Develop module, select a photo you would like to start editing. In the left column, you’ll see the new Underwater Photo Presets folder in the Presets panel. Click to open the folder and you’ll see the macro and wide-angle presets. Click either preset and you’ll notice 1) that the image becomes much more vibrant, and 2) that a number of the sliders in the right column have been automatically adjusted.

 

Tutorial originally featured in my Lens Life newsletter.

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